Helen Woodward Animal Center
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA
  • 50,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 403b retirement)

Full Time (Weekdays and weekends, various hours)


Pay is $50,000 per year plus tips.  Bathing and clipping dogs and cats to conform to a variety of breed specific standard styles.  Detangling and removing matted hair.  Drying the coat. Checking for parasites and other skin conditions.  Trimming nails.  Cleaning the ears.  Expressing anal glands.  Brushing teeth.  Keeping pets safely restrained and under your control at all times.  When grooming a boarding animal you must be careful to follow all instructions listed in the pet's file.  Adding bows and nail polish.  Accommodating any special requests from owners and informing owner of any health problems discovered during the grooming process.  Maintain an upbeat attitude. Provide an atmosphere of stability and support for others.   Create a welcoming and always clean environment for dogs, cats and their owners.  You will be expected to manage the grooming salon according to the Center's policies and procedures.

In addition to the duties listed above the Center expects the following of each employee: adheres to the Center's policies and procedures, works in a safe manner, acts as a role model within and the outside of the Center, performs duties as workload necessitates, maintains a positive and respectful attitude, communicates regularly with supervisor about any issues, demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload, consistently reports to work on time prepared to perform duties of the position and must be well groomed and uniform clean, participate in Center events as needed or required.  Employee will always look into ways to increase business, calling old clients and coming up with incentives for new clients. 


The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list of the essential functions of this position, but rather a general description of some of the requirements necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position.  The employee must be able to perform the following skills, among others:

Grooming skills-the ability to groom different breeds of dogs and cats according to their hair types. Must be able to place dog/cat on grooming table and fit grooming collar on dog/cat to hold animal to table safely.

Interpersonal skills-the ability to work well with others such as dog owners, Club Pet personnel and grooming assistants.

Analytical skills-the ability to assess the behavior and condition of each dog to minimize risk of bites and scratches. The ability to determine an animal's behavior and use techniques, such as a treat, to keep them calm and safe. Must have a calming presence  

Physical and mental stamina-Must be able to lift dogs that weigh up to 50 lbs.  Must have the ability to stand on your feet for long periods of time. 

Health knowledge-the ability to recognize common illnesses, such as skin disorders, watery eyes and nose possibly due to allergies or a sprain. Experience in pet first aid.

Employee must demonstrate ability to work effectively with others (including co-workers, customers, and others) by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments; keeping others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical business solutions.  Employee must demonstrate regular and consistent attendance and punctuality. Must show excellent customer service skills.  Any kind of animal abuse will not be tolerated and will result in immediate termination.  No dog or cat will be left unattended in the salon at any time. 

Experience with a variety of breeds of dogs and cats are a must.  High School Diploma/GED is required.  Certification by NDGAA a plus but not required.  Portfolio of past work required. We offer Full Benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 403b retirement plan).


100 % of this job is conducted indoors under normal office conditions. 

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a smoke-free environment.  Smoking is not permitted in any Center building or vehicle.


Helen Woodward Animal Center
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